I was horrified upon reading that Advice and Aid Pregnancy Center is being allowed into local classrooms to “promote the services the center provides” (per a Sept. 26 article).
There are thousands of so-called “crisis pregnancy centers” across the country that have been the object of legal sanctions aimed at limiting the harmful, deceptive misinformation disseminated by these religious, non-medical anti-abortion groups.
They typically locate in close proximity to legitimate women’s clinics and use misleading names to imply that they are an actual medical facility that provides a full range of legal alternatives.
Investigations in different parts of the country have determined that desperate, frightened girls and women are told (often by non-medical volunteers dressed in white lab coats) that abortion causes cancer, infertility, diseases/deformities in future children, future miscarriages, and that many women bleed to death during legal abortions and many others commit suicide. All of these claims have been proven false by reputable medical organizations and research world-wide.
Clients are rarely told where they can obtain birth control, and others are told their pregnancy tests were negative in the hope that it will be too late for an abortion once they discover the truth.
While these groups have generally cleaned up their websites in response to threats of legal action, evidence can be found that their practices and objectives haven’t changed. For example, the website of the local group calls abortion “homicide,” and operates various heavily religion-based “classes” that are a condition of receiving help with diapers, clothes, furniture, etc.
Their presence should be totally unacceptable in a public classroom.